Qualificações Académicas

Doutoramento em Estudos Africanos, em 2016 – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Diploma de Estudos Aprofundados, em 2011 – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Licenciatura em Antropologia, em 2005 – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Resumo Biográfico

For more than a decade, since 2007, I have been building up a relevant body of ethnographic knowledge mainly focused on Senegal and other countries in West Africa. My approach is multidisciplinary and although I’m mainly focused in academic work I have also produced work in video and photography. I have conducted long-term ethnography (3+ years) and I have been shaping my scientific activity around a couple of main concerns like the relation of West African societies with externalized ideological conudrums and interventions, mainly in postcolonial times, but also going back to the colonial epoch. I have taken interest in development, technology and lately in human rights. I’m interested in how these ‘languages’ and discourses become vernacularized and are translated into practices, catalysing (and often imposing) social change or finding multilayered resistances, culturally and politically My main domains of specialization are Anthropology, African Studies, Gender and Human Rights. I graduated in Anthropology in 2005 and until 2009 I have had several experiences on the domain of development, water politics, migration and rural sustainability in a drought stricken area in northern Senegal, namely volunteering work in 2007 and the shooting and direction of the research documentary Waalo Waalo. From 2009 until 2016, while producing my PhD thesis I focused, in the same region, on the appropriation of technology (particularly ICTs), and how these not only represent new tools for communication but also a greater degree of exposure to global trends, bringing with them new spaces of autonomy but also suspicion. It was also during the PhD that I became interested in gender issues, intergenerational relations and social change. In 2016 when I was granted the PhD in African Studies I started working as a project manager in a research-action project focused on FGM/C, subject on which I have specialized since then. This trend has been further developed with the building, implementation and research on a social intervention project with a municipality in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area focusing on Gender-Based Violence among west african migrants, during the best part of 2018. In parallel, since 2017, I’m directing the film YOON (provisional title), a film that follows a senegalese routier driving cars from Lisbon to Dakar developing commercial activities.

My research interests and activities focus diverse areas such as: gender and sexuality, human rights (GBV, VAW, FGM/C), body politics (masculinities and femininities, LGBTQ+), mobility (migrations, borders), technology (ICT, obsolescence), racism (blackness), among others.

Publicações Salientes

Carvalho, Clara e Ricardo Falcão e Marta Patrício. orgs. 2018. “Corte/Mutilação Genital Feminina: Respostas Institucionais Integradas”, Centro de Estudos Internacionais, ISCTE-IUL, Lisboa

Falcão, Ricardo. 2017. “Historicity of FGM/C and anti-FGM/C agendas”, in Multisectoral Academic Training Guide on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, ed. Adriana Kaplan e Laura Nuno Gomez Madrid, Editorial DYKINSON

Falcão, Ricardo 2017. “Migrations, migratory movements, Ethnicity”, in Multisectoral Academic Training Guide on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, ed. Adriana Kaplan e Laura Nuno Gomez Madrid, Editorial DYKINSON

Falcão, Ricardo and Clara Carvalho 2017. “Ethnography: FGM/C and cultural difference”, in Multisectoral Academic Training Guide on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, ed. Adriana Kaplan e Laura Nuno Gomez Madrid, Editorial DYKINSON

Falcão, Ricardo. 2017. “How FGM/C is adressed in the media: hegemonic stories, perspectives, frameworks of meaning and dominant imagery regarding FGM/C” in Multisectoral Academic Training Guide on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, ed. Adriana Kaplan e Laura Nuno Gomez Madrid, Editorial DYKINSON Falcão, Ricardo, 2016. Apropriação das TIC no Senegal: Sociabilidades Jovens e Valores Sociais em Crise. Tese de Doutoramento em Estudos Africanos. Lisboa: ISCTE-IUL.

Falcão, Ricardo. 2014. “Senegalese Youth at the crossroads between Cosaan (Tradition) and the appropriation of ICTs – Technology, Body and Autonomy” in Marti, Josep, ed., “African Realitites: Body, Culture and Social Tensions”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

 

Other Relevant Work:

“YOON”, forthcoming, documentary film, in production

“Waalo Waalo”, 2009, research documentary film

Publicações

Falcão, R. (2016) Apropriação de Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação: Sociabilidades Jovens e Valores Sociais em Crise, Lisboa: ISCTE-IUL.

Falcão, R. (2014) "Senegalese Youth at the Crossroads between Coosan (Tradition) and the Appropriation of ICTs–Technology, Body, and Autonomy", In Josep Martí African Realities: Body, Culture and Social Tensions, (pp. 19-52). London: Cambridge.

Falcão, R. (2014) "Youth appropriation of the body : youth appropriation of ICTS – senegalese youth at the crossroads between Coosan (tradition) and Dund Toubab (the life of the whites)", African Dynamics in a Multipolar World: 5th European Conference on African Studies — Conference Proceedings, (pp. 827-858). CEI-IUL: Portugal.